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AZ Business Magazine

About AZ Business Magazine

Over the past 30 years, AZ Big Media has grown to encompass not just Az Business magazine, but also a whole host of other publications and signature events. Az Business magazine is the state’s leading business publication. Published by AZ Big Media, the magazine covers a wide-range of topics focusing on the Arizona business scene, and is aimed at high-level corporate executives and business owners.

NAU receives $1.5M TRIO Student Support Services grant

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Northern Arizona University has been awarded a TRIO Student Support Services grant from the U.S. Department of Education to continue its program through August 2020. The grant award will be $296,273 annually, totaling about $1,481,365, and will serve 240 first-generation, low-income students or students with disabilities each year. This is in addition to institutional support of approximately 200… Read More →

Local ad exec launches business storytelling podcast

Podcast: Baby Boomers Redefining Retirement

Local advertising executive Park Howell, founder and president of Park&Co, has partnered with digital and social marketing expert Jay Baer, founder and president of Convince & Convert, to create a podcast that showcases the power of storytelling for business. “The Business of Story” will explore a pragmatic approach to storytelling and how marketing and communications… Read More →

Vistancia records highest new home sales since 2008

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Mirroring a national real estate trend, Vistancia has experienced the highest first two quarters in new home sales activity since 2008, achieving 271 net sales at mid-year among the master plan’s three actively selling communities – The Village at Vistancia, a family-friendly multi-generation community; Blackstone at Vistancia, a gated luxury golf course community featuring the… Read More →

Douglas L. Wood joins Burch & Cracchiolo

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The law firm of Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A. announced that Douglas L. Wood has joined the firm as an Associate. Wood is an attorney who practices in the areas of business and corporate law, estate planning and probate, and tax controversy. Prior to joining the firm, Wood practiced as a certified public accountant with a… Read More →

Affluent Arizonans will spend $13K on vacations this year

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BMO Private Bank, a part of BMO Financial Group, released the results of a study today profiling the vacations of high-net-worth Arizonans. The study is part of BMO Private Bank’s Changing Face of Wealth series, examining trends among affluent Americans (those with more than $1 million in investible assets). According to the study, Arizona’s affluent… Read More →

My Sisters’ Charities generates $72k in one year

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One year since opening its doors, the My Sisters’ Charities Thrift Store in Chandler has many things to celebrate, especially the staggering $72,000 in donations generated for the non-profit’s benefitting organizations. “We are thrilled with the success of My Sisters’ Charities Thrift Store and amazed at what we were able to accomplish in just one… Read More →

TGen developing accurate test for Lyme disease

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Focus On Lyme, an initiative sponsored by the Leadership Children’s Foundation of Gilbert, Ariz., has donated $75,000 to the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) to support research into the development of a quick, affordable and accurate method of diagnosing Lyme disease. The most common vector-borne illness in the U.S., Lyme disease affects an estimated 300,000… Read More →

FirstBank increases Arizona deposits by more than 32%

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FirstBank Holding Company, with 16 banking locations throughout Arizona, has announced its 2015 second quarter financial results for its Phoenix, East and West Valley markets. As of June 30, the FirstBank branches in Arizona increased deposits by 32.8 percent from $228.4 million in 2014 to $303.4 million in 2015. The bank also saw significant growth… Read More →

Tips for telecommuters and their managers

123rf.com: Freddy Arenas

Is telecommuting an option that employers and job seekers should consider? Nationally recognized employment expert Fred Coon believes that American business will continue to migrate to a telecommuting business model as costs are significantly reduced, morale is much higher and, with proper quality systems and controls in place, the product is generally better. Coon has… Read More →

AZ Business Magazine July/August 2015

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Leaving a legacy of hope It’s not often that meeting someone once leaves a lifelong impression. Dr. Robert Arceci was one of those people. When I heard the news that the pediatric oncologist from Phoenix Children’s Hospital was killed in a motorcycle accident while on his way to work, I wept. I’d met him once.… Read More →

Sonora Quest launches direct access testing

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Sonora Quest Laboratories has launched My Lab ReQuest™, a new service empowering consumers in Arizona to take control of their health by ordering certain lab tests on their own. A new Arizona law, effective July 3, now allows consumers Direct Access Testing from a licensed clinical laboratory without physician orders. Direct Access Testing is the… Read More →

ACA pursues job-driven talent development strategies

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Seven regional site teams across the United States have been selected to participate in the Communities that Work Partnership, a new joint project of the Workforce Strategies Initiative (AspenWSI) of the Aspen Institute and the Economic Development Administration of the US Department of Commerce. The Communities that Work Partnership (CTW Partnership) is an effort to… Read More →

Jackie Wright becomes 1st female president of AZIMA

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The Arizona Interactive Marketing Association (AZIMA) has announced that Jackie Wright has been elected as the first female president in the organization’s six-year history, along with 18 new board members. Wright will lead the association in AZIMA’s mission of facilitating the understanding and application of interactive marketing and best practices amongst valley marketing professionals. The… Read More →

MJ Insurance adds 3 new employees

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MJ Insurance, a leading risk management and employee benefits agency, has announced the addition of employees to the benefits consulting department in both the Indiana and Arizona offices. Joining MJ Insurance are three individuals, two joining the Phoenix office and one starting at the Indianapolis office. Stephanie Dixon will serve as employee benefits coordinator in… Read More →

More than 75 companies launched based on ASU innovations

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ASU spinouts (and their sub-licensees) have raised more than half a billion dollars in external funding of ASU Innovations. ASU startups now employ more than 350 people in Arizona alone. Significant 2015 Investments for ASU Startups: Fluidic Energy – Rechargeable zinc-air battery developer with R&D and manufacturing facilities in North Scottsdale. HealthTell – First diagnostic platform… Read More →